Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tweens are a hard market

I have a "tween" in my house. He'll finally be a teenager in April but in the mean time, he is in that middle area that has to be the strangest age of life. We weren't called tweens when I was his age, we were still kids. But I guess that in order to make the kids today believe they are older than they really are, they came up with a word that leans more toward adulthood. I'm probably considered a pretty strict parent in today's standards. I follow the rating system for movies and especially video games. In fact, when I asked my son what he was most looking forward to when becoming a teenager he said, "I'll finally get to play the video games all of my friends have been playing for years." Of course this breaks my heart but I won't budge. Why else would they even put those ratings on video games if there weren't some sound logic behind them??? Sorry, I got off track a little bit.

A few days ago my daughter was away at a friends house and my husband and I had a free night with just our son. We decided we would take advantage of this rare occasion that we get to spend with just him and do something fun. We both know that we only have a limited amount of time where he actually wants to hang with us (as cool as we think we are). We decided to go to his favorite wing place, Buffalo Wild Wings, for some wings and trivia. We had a great time, I almost let him beat me in trivia but again, I have a limited amount of time before he is smarter than me so I went ahead and showed him who was boss :) The movie theater was right next door and the night was still young so we headed over to see what was playing. The only movie even slightly appropriate for his age was Life of Pi. We had no idea what it was about because none of us had read the book. It was showing at the right time and it was rated PG. I had seen the previews and thought it looked visually amazing so I was pretty sure I would like it based on that alone. My hubby and son are much harder to please when it comes to a movie. But we took a chance and headed in.
Throughout the movie I was looking over at my son to see his reaction, he was on the edge of his seat, literally a few times. He was engaged the entire movie. I admit, I cried towards the end (not the Notebook type crying but enough that I needed a mascara check afterwards). When we exited the theater he was excited, there is no other way to explain it. It was a thought provoking, funny and even more visually amazing than I thought it would be. We both agreed that we definitely need to read this book in the anticipation that there were other details not mentioned in the movie.
So if you have a tween (or older) in your house, I can't recommend this movie enough. It's so hard to find a movie for this aged audience and this was right on the money.

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